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Mohammad Mahabub Alam



Postgraduate Diploma (Development Studies)(2017), IDEAS, IDE-JETRO, Japan;
Master(IDEC)(2013), ANU;
Graduate Diploma(IDEC)(2012), ANU;
MBA(Finance)(2008), IBA, University of Dhaka;
BSc(Mech. Eng.) (2005), Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology

Contact details

Phone: 0448036914

Room: Stanner 1.09

Mohammad Mahabub Alam, a career civil servant, is a 3rd year PhD student affiliated with the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. His primary research interest is fiscal policy and macroeconomics, and his thesis focuses on the deficit financing strategy of the Bangladesh government and its macroeconomic and fiscal consequences on the economy. Before his PhD studies, Mahabub worked in the Macroeconomic Wing of the Finance Division, Ministry of Finance (MOF), Bangladesh from March 2017 to June 2021. While working in the Ministry of Finance, he contributed as a program implementation team (PIT) member in a scheme undertaken for improvement of the fiscal forecasting through the development of a macroeconomic model under the “Strengthening Public Financial Management program to enable service delivery (SPFMS)” in the Finance division, MOF with the World Bank from December 2019 to June 2021. He also worked with the IMF Institute of Capacity Development team as a core group member of the Finance Division, MOF from February 2020 to June 2021 to integrate a macroeconomic model into Bangladesh’s Medium Term Macroeconomic Framework (MTMF). He also worked as Assistant Commissioner, Senior Assistant Commissioner, and Upazila Nirbahi officer (Chief executive officer in a subdistrict) in the district administration (Bhola, Brahmanbaria, Rangamati) of Bangladesh from November 2008 to March 2017. While working in the district administration, He contributed to the area of public order and safety, development administration, revenue administration, and execution of the social safety net programs.

PhD programme


Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

Bangladesh Government’s Deficit financing strategy and its impact on fiscal sustainability

Topic description


CAMA Working Paper: 1. Deficit Financing with the National Saving Certificate and Its Macroeconomic Consequences on Bangladesh’s Economy <

Journal articles:
1. ‘The Determinants of CPI Inflation in Bangladesh, 1980-2016’, Asian Journal of Economic Modeling, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 6(4), pages 441-461, 2018. <>
2. ‘Maximizing the Development Impacts of Remittances in Bangladesh: A gender Perspective’, Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, 8 (18), pp.103-116, 2017. <>

Newspaper article:
3. ‘Trump’s Proposed Tariff on Chinese Imports: What it means for Bangladesh’ The Daily Star, 6 January 2017, <

Scholarships and fellowships

ANU Research Scholarship (International) (2020)
ANU HDR Fee Remission Merit Scholarship (2020)
Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) Fellowship (2016)
Australia Awards Scholarship(ADS) (2012-13)
Helen Hughes Prize, ANU (2012)

Employment history

Casual Academic Staff

Microecoomics2 (ECON2101) Semester 1, 2024 Research School of Economics, ANU

Business Economics (ECON8069) Semester 2, 2023 Research School of Economics, ANU

Deputy Secretary (On leave), Ministry of Public Administration, Bangladesh (25 June 2021- );
Senior Assistant Secretary/Deputy Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance (March 2017-June 2021);
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (Chief Executive Officer), Barkal, Rangamati (December 2015- September 2016) Assistant Commissioner/Senior Assistant Commissioner, Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Brahmanbaria (January 2014- November 2015);
Assistant Commissioner, Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Bhola (November 2008-January 2012)

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Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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